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  BWF Statutes, Section 5.3.4: SPECIFICATIONS FOR INTERNATIONAL STANDARD FACILITIES In Force: 01/01/2018 The requirements stated in this Section are the minimum requirements for BWF Sanctioned Tournaments in the different grades/levels. Guidelines specific to the different Tournament grade/levels and Host Contracts may specify higher levels of requirements. 1. Venue height 1.1. Olympic Games, YOG, Grade 1 (BWF Tournaments/Major Events, except Tournaments for seniors) and Grade 2, BWF World Tour Level 1-5 1.1.1. It is a requirement  that the minimum height from the floor over the full court be 12 meters. 1.1.2. The required height shall  be entirely free of girders and other obstructions over the area of the court. 1.2. Other BWF Sanctioned Tournaments 1.2.1. It is a requirement  that the minimum height from the floor over the full court be 9 meters. 1.2.2. The required height shall  be entirely free of girders and other obstructions over the area of the court. 2. Flooring for Competition Courts 2.1. Olympic Games, YOG, Grade 1 (BWF Tournaments/Major Events, except Tournaments for seniors) and Grade 2, BWF World Tour Level 1-5. 2.1.1. It is a requirement  to have a wooden sprung floor, or equivalent subfloor for the Badminton Court Mats. BWF has the authority to approve any equivalent surface to a wooden sprung floor. 2.1.2. It is a requirement  that all matches are played on approved Badminton Court Mats (minimum approval level 1B according to the BWF Equipment  Approval Scheme). 2.1.3. It is a requirement  that there be at least two-metre clear space behind the baselines of the court (distance to any A-boards or similar advertising) and 1.5 metre clear space from the side-lines of the court. The 1.5 metre clear space shall also be a minimum requirement between any two courts marked out side by side. In Grade 1 and 2 Tournaments it is recommended  that the space between courts is at least 4 metre to accommodate A-boards and chair for the officials. On courts with TV-production additional space may be required. Advertising in the playing area may be applied as per GCR Regulation 18. 2.1.4. Competition Courts must always be laid down side by side. 2.2. Other BWF Sanctioned Tournaments 2.2.1. It is a recommended  to have a wooden sprung floor, or equivalent surface, together with approved non-slip mats. BWF has the authority to approve any equivalent surface to a wooden sprung floor, if necessary. 2.2.2. It is recommended  to have approved Badminton Court Mats (minimum approval level 1B with a wooden sprung floor or minimum approval level 2A without a wooden sprung floor. For more information, please consult the BWF Equipment Approval Scheme.   BWF Statutes, Section 5.3.4: Specifications for International Standard Facilities  Page 2  of 7   2.2.3. It is a requirement  that there be at least two-metre clear space behind the baseline of the court (distance to any A-boards or similar advertising) and 1.5 metre clear space from the side-lines of the court. The 1.5 metre clear space shall also be a minimum requirement between any two courts marked out side by side. 3. Other Court Equipment 3.1. Net and Net-posts  –  All Tournaments Grade 1-3: It is a requirement  to have BWF approved net and net-posts. 3.2. Umpires Chair  –  All Tournaments Grade 1-3: 3.2.1. It is a requirement  that the construction be stable and safe for the umpire to ascend and descend. 3.2.2. It is recommended  to be equipped with a hinged writing platform so that the umpire can rest the scoresheet, unless electronic scoring equipment is used. 3.2.3. It is recommended  that the seat should be at the same height as the net i.e. 1.55 metres and should be comfortable in terms of size and material used for construction. 3.2.4. It is recommended  that the chair should be centred along the extension of the net approximately one metre from the net. 3.3. Service Judge Chair  –  All Tournaments Grade 1-3 : It is a requirement  that the Service Judge Chair be a normal height and shall be centred along the extension of the net approximately one metre from the net. 3.4. Line Judge Chairs  –  All Tournaments Grade 1-3 : It is a requirement  that Line Judge Chairs be positioned flush with the lines where the line judge is judging. The Chairs must be positioned a minimum of 2 metres clear space behind the baselines and 1.5 metre clear space from the side-lines. 4. Background  –  All BWF Sanctioned Tournaments Grade 1-3 4.1. It is a requirement  that the area directly behind each end of each court not have predominantly white or light-coloured areas to avoid difficulties seeing the shuttle. It is recommended that only darker colours are used. 4.2. It is a requirement  that any A-boards at the ends of the court have less than 20% of their surface area white or light-coloured. It is recommended that A-boards have no white or light-coloured areas at all. 4.3. According to light placements and the height of the ceiling above the lighting, it is recommended  for the ceiling not to be of a light colour to avoid difficulties sighting the shuttle. 5. Lighting  –  All BWF Sanctioned Tournaments 5.1. For Grade 1 and 2 Tournaments it is a requirement  that the minimum lighting level be 1000 Lux and be able to provide even light over the court area. 5.2. For Grade 3 Tournaments it is recommended  that the minimum lighting level is 1000 Lux and must provide even light over the court area. 5.3. It is a requirement  that lighting not be positioned directly over the playing area to avoid glare and lighting causing difficulties seeing the shuttle. Lighting behind the playing area shall be focused in a way not causing difficulties seeing the shuttle, but lights should preferably be positioned along the sides of the court.  BWF Statutes, Section 5.3.4: Specifications for International Standard Facilities  Page 3  of 7   5.4. It is a requirement  that all sources of daylight or sunlight behind or along the sides of the court be eliminated. 5.5. It is recommended  that lighting be set up for optimal conditions for still photographers with 1500-1800 Lux. 5.6. TV production lighting  –  Olympic Games, Grade 1 (BWF Tournaments/Major Events, except Tournaments for seniors) and Grade 2, BWF World Tour Level 1-5. 5.6.1. BWF and TV Host Broadcasters will advise on their lighting requirements in separate guidelines, but it is a requirement  that it will not be less than 1500-1600 Lux on courts with TV production and must provide even light over the court area. 6. Air movement 6.1. Any air movement e.g. draughts from air conditioning or other sources must be tightly controlled or eliminated. 6.2. The field of play in particular must be free of draughts or other air movement. Where air conditioning is normally used, special attention must be paid to its effects. Double-doors (air-lock) around entry/exit points must be provided. 6.3. Airflow is to be checked with competition set up in place, in an unoccupied state and air flow should not exceed 2m/s over the Field of Play 6.4. Airflow is to be measured with a hot wire anemometer at heights of 3m, 6m and 9m and should not exceed 2m/sec over the area of the FOP (measured on at least 8 different locations on each court). 6.5. The location and protection of all air supply and extract grilles or openings must be carefully considered  –  particularly in relation to the flight path of the shuttlecock. It is better if ventilation systems are designed to operate around the perimeter of the hall to limit air movement over the court. 6.6.  A method of turning off the A/C ‘without delay’, shall be available at the request of the BWF. Preferably A/C air speed shall be adjustable to enable the organiser to find an acceptable level for both the Field of Play and comfort 6.7. In venues used for Grade 1 Tournaments and Olympic Games where airflow is identified as a potential issue, CFD analysis must be undertaken to check the predicted airflow measurements. This should be defined in good time for any recommendations to be undertaken. 7. Temperature The temperature in the arena should be kept between 18 and 30º C. 8. Shuttles 8.1. Olympic Games, YOG, Grade 1 (BWF Tournaments/Major Events) and Grade 2 (BWF World Tour Level 1-6) 8.1.1. One brand of BWF Approved shuttles only must be adopted for exclusive use during any Tournament and the name of this brand must be advertised in the Tournament Prospectus. 8.1.2. Rationing of shuttles per match shall not be allowed, and all shuttles used must be the financial responsibility of the Tournament without charge to the Players concerned. 8.1.3. At least three speeds of shuttles must be available throughout the Tournament. The middle speed nominated by the organisers, shall be the  BWF Statutes, Section 5.3.4: Specifications for International Standard Facilities  Page 4  of 7   speed which would normally be used for the majority of the matches, and there shall be at least one speed faster and one speed slower. 8.2. Grade 3 Tournaments and International Junior Tournaments Under 19 8.2.1. One brand of BWF Approved shuttles only must be adopted for exclusive use during any Tournament and the name of this brand must be advertised in the Tournament Prospectus. 8.2.2. Rationing of shuttles per match shall not be allowed, and all shuttles used must be the financial responsibility of the Tournament without charge to the Players concerned. 9. Warm-up and Practice Courts  –  and practice allocation 9.1. Olympic Games, Grade 1 (BWF Tournaments/Major Events, except Tournaments for seniors) and Grade 2, BWF World Tour Level 1-5 and Level 6) 9.1.1. The following requirements describe the minimum warm up and practice court requirements, but more courts and available earlier would be recommended depending on demand: Grade/Level of Tournament Olympic Games Grade 1 Grade 2  –  Level 1-5 Grade 2  –  Level 6 Warm Up courts Mandatory Mandatory Mandatory Mandatory Minimum Warm up courts 4 2 2 1 Practice courts Mandatory Mandatory Mandatory Mandatory Minimum Practice courts 8 8 or as per Host contract 8 4 9.1.2. The practice court requirements noted assume a full entry to both the qualifying and the main draw in a Tournament. The number of courts provided can be reduced proportionately on the first two days if there is less than a full entry. 9.1.3. The practice time must be offered in the practice hall and main venue throughout the competition and it shall be allocated on an equitable basis having regard to the number of active Players in each team. 9.1.4. Height of practice hall : The minimum height in the practice hall shall be nine metres. 9.1.5. Flooring in practice hall : The practice hall shall have a wooden sprung floor or equivalent surface, either as the subfloor (with court mats on top) or as the main playing surface. Day Tournament Status Practice hours (if requested) No. of courts required Saturday Players arriving 08:00  –  22:00 8 (Level 6  –  4) Sunday Players arriving 08:00  –  22:00 8 (Level 6  –  4) Monday Players arriving 08:00  –  22:00 8 (Level 6  –  4) Tuesday Qualifying or main draw in progress 08:00  –  22:00 8 (Level 6  –  4) Wednesday Main draw in progress 08:00  –  22:00 8 (Level 6  –  4) Thursday Main draw in progress 08:00  –  22:00 8 (Level 6  –  4) Friday Quarter-finals 08:00  –  22:00 8 (Level 6  –  4) Saturday Semi-finals 08:00  –  22:00 8 (Level 6  –  4) Sunday Finals 08:00  –  22:00 8 (Level 6  –  4)
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